The research capacity network is an online digital platform hosted and coordinated by The Global Health Network at the University of Oxford and The University of Yaoundé (UNIYA) across the ALERRT consortia. The aim is to develop a network of research sites and build strong partnerships between all the research sites running (Re-)emerging and Epidemic-Prone Infectious Diseases (REPID)studies in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) so that they can work together and develop a sustainable platform for research that can respond effectively to future outbreaks. 

This regionally led network needs to be equipped with the knowledge, methods, skills and capabilities to support a high quality, rapid and coherent research response to outbreaks in the short term. In addition, this network sets out to establish lasting capacity to conduct research in the event of emerging infectious disease outbreaks in SSA in the long-term. To do so, we must first ascertain through a Knowledge Gap Analysis, the key gaps in clinical/health and laboratory research capacity in SSA, and then determine how best to fill these gaps through training and other capacity building activities.  The Knowledge Gap Analysis will help us in creating harmonized skills sets for the various roles needed for the conduct of scientifically sound and high-quality health research throughout the consortia. 

Planned activities

The planned activities for the Knowledge Gap Analysis study are currently being developed, but will include (and not limited to) the following study components:

Study component Activity Proposed duration of activity
 1. Scoping exercise and review Comprehensive review of all available training materials related to clinical preparedness and response. TBC
 2. Formative research Formative data collection during regional capacity building activities including focus group discussions and questionnaires. TBC
 3. Consensus building exercise Consortia wide exercise to agree on a core curriculum for observational, laboratory and clinical trials. TBC


Planned timeline and methods

This study is yet to be reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Committee.


Further information

If you have any questions about the planned activities, please contact Dr Sylvie Kwedi Nolna: